The Virginia SOL tests are required of all students in grades 3-8 across the state by the Virginia Department of Education (VDOE). SOL tests measure the extent to which students have learned the content and skills specified in the Virginia SOLs. The purpose of the testing is to provide information about student achievement. Scores from these tests will be used to determine whether students fail to meet standards, are proficient in meeting the standards, or are advanced in the standards.
Students in grades 3-6 will be taking the Virginia Standards of Learning (SOL) Tests from April 25th – May 20th, 2022. A copy of the SOL Testing Calendar is on the back of this letter. Please note that several grade levels will be taking certain, if not all, of their SOLs over a two-day period. It is important that all students are present during the testing window and arrive to school on time, as testing begins promptly at 9:30AM each day.
Students will be administered a computer adaptive version of both the math and reading tests. Computer Adaptive Testing (CAT) provides a customized assessment for each student. Based on the student’s responses, the computer selects questions and problems that are neither too difficult nor too easy for the student. The tests begin with a question or problem of moderate difficulty. A correct response leads to a more difficult question, while an incorrect response leads to the selection of a less difficult question.
On a math CAT, students are not able to skip questions or return to previous questions. On a reading CAT, students are able to move forward and backward within a passage set (all of the questions associated with a particular passage); however, once a student navigates forward to the next passage, the student cannot navigate back to any question associated with a previous passage. Due to the customized nature of the test, a CAT is able to determine a student’s proficiency with fewer questions than a traditional SOL test. While the questions and problems on a CAT vary in difficulty from student to student, all students answer the same number of questions to complete the test. The 4th grade Virginia Studies and 5th grade Science SOLs will be administered using the traditional online format. Your child will have opportunities to practice taking this type of test before the Spring SOL testing window opens.
VDOE is allowing elementary school students who fail SOL tests on their first attempt and by a narrow margin (score of 375 – 399, with a score of 400 needed to pass) to retake the test/s during the retake window (week of May 23rd, 2022). Parent permission is required for any retesting. Should your child meet the criteria for an expedited retake, you will be contacted in a timely manner by an administrator with more specific details. A decision not to retest will not in any way impact your child’s course grade or academic record
Finally, VDOE and Fairfax County Public Schools (FCPS) have an electronic device policy which is to be followed during all SOL testing. To maintain test security, the possession of cell phones or other electronic devices (including wearable technology) in the testing room is prohibited. If a student is discovered with a prohibited electronic device while in a test environment, the student’s test will be stopped, the electronic device will be confiscated, and the student will be removed from the test environment.
More information can be found on the Virginia Department of Education (VDOE) website or the FCPS SOL assessments webpage: https://www.fcps.edu/student-tests-and-assessments/student-assessment-details/sol-assessments
A copy of your child’s SOL scores will be sent home with the final report card of the year.
If you have any questions, feel free to contact me.
April/June 2022 SOL Testing Calendar